rockmelt rocks!

Penfriend and nibmeister Chito Limson sent me an invitation through Facebook to try a new browser called RockMelt.

The name alone was intriguing. It sounded like the seething, molten mass of metal at the center of the earth. Uber hard-core.

Naturally I downloaded it immediately, skipped the instructional video (I am INTP to the max and would rather intuit things than read the manual), and dove into it headfirst to explore how it walks and talks.

RockMelt is a lot like Chrome and feels just as fast, though my 12-year-old daughter Googled speed comparisons and says Chrome is swifter by eight hundredths of a second. Or pretty near something like that. Chrome is, after all, “faster than a speeding potato.”

RockMelt looks almost exactly like Chrome, though it doesn’t seem to have color schemes and themes yet. Still, the current default blue-and-gray motif is elegant and soothing.

It has Chrome’s “new tab” feature with the eight squares that are screenshots of the last websites you visited. You can also pin them down to serve as bookmarks.

My RockMelt all locked and loaded with my favorite websites.

RockMelt differs from Chrome in that it has social media features similar to Flock. I liked Flock’s easy access to Twitter and FB, but hated how slow it was. Much slower than a potato.

On either side of RockMelt’s interface are sidebars called “edges”. On the left are Facebook Friends. A green dot indicates they are online and available for chat; yellow, idle status; gray, offline. At the top left is your FB avatar: click on that, and a dialogue box will open with a dropdown menu to choose from Twitter or FB, and space to type in an update. Just like TweetDeck!¬†On the right is the menu bar with buttons for easy access to Twitter, FB, your FB notifications, and apps and feeds.

A screenshot of the browser working for me, showing RockMelt.com’s home page; the ‘edges’ at either side; and browser tabs at the top. The bottom shows my MS Windows 7 Professional toolbar.

What’s even more amazing about RockMelt is that it imports bookmarks from your current browser. I lost most of my bookmarks when I migrated from Internet Explorer (which is slower than the dirt potatoes grow in) to Chrome, which doesn’t have this feature either. What’s more, RockMelt can import both sets of bookmarks and keep them separate – a great feature for people like me who remember websites chronologically (when I last saw them) and spatially (what browser I used to view them).

Gizmodo wrote a “What Is…?” as did the NY Times.

Thanks to Chito for sending me one of his precious limited RockMelt invitations!

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2 Comments on rockmelt rocks!

  1. Bea
    19 November 2010 at 7:28 am (2800 days ago)

    Hm. I got an invitation to download RockMelt but I didn’t want to test my websites on more platforms so I ignored it. LOL. I already have three browsers, including the Mac’s built-in Safari.

  2. JennyO
    19 November 2010 at 8:34 am (2800 days ago)

    Bea, do try RockMelt. You can always uninstall the browsers that don’t work for you. :)

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